Perhaps, you only heard about Kratom lately, and you’re not sure how it can benefit you. This beginner’s guide is a product of in-depth research and a wealth of personal experience.
Reading through, you’d discover how to get started with Kratom right away.
What is Kratom?
Also referred to as Mitragyna Speciosa, Kratom is a plant with origin from Southeast Asia. The herb is widely thought by natives torelieve pain, depression, anxiety, as well as help boost mood, concentration, and improves sleep.
Although the plant has been a thing among the Southeast Asians for many hundred years –if not thousands – It only got western attention lately.
Its increasing recognition in the west can be linked to its purported effects, which are touted a better alternative to opioids. Sadly, though expectedly, the BIG Pharma and FDA are yet to throw their weights behind the high-potent plant.
Thankfully, Kratom is legal in most of the US, except:
- Illinois – except Jerseyville
- San Diego, Ca
- Sarasota County, FL
The herbs are allowed to dry and, then, ground into powder, which is infused into capsules and tea. Kratom is available in four colors, including green, red, white, and yellow – with their individual potency levels.
As with other natural recommendations, the amount of Kratom consumed dictates the resultant effect.
As mentioned, Kratom comes in four colors. Further, each color has a different effect variation.
For instance, the White color has the Thai and Horn variants. The color on the leaves’ vein determines potency. Averagely, Kratom’s effect spans three to five hours.
Here are the purported therapeutic effects of the different colors.
- Red Vein Kratom
This color is considered more calming and relaxing. It is believed more potent for pain relief compared to other strains. It’s thought Red’s potency makes them the most popular among the strains. Red Vein Kratom is a favorite for insomnia and chronic pain patients.
Here are the most popular – and believed most potent – of the red strain.
- Red Maeng Da – this sub-strain is ideal for chronic pain widely recommended for anxiety and stress due to its euphoric effect.
- Red Bali – works best for sleep and pain
- Red Borneo – Used for pain, but not as potent as the Maeng Da and Red Bali
- White Vein Kratom
The White Vein variants are notable as stimulants. They boost mood and energy as well as improve focus.
If you seek a strain that helps you stay productive, relievesanxiety, and great for attention disorder patients – Like ADHD patients – prefer the White Vein Kratom.
White Borneo and White Thai are the most popular and touted most potent options in the White Vein family.
- White Borneo – widely known to relieve pain. It boosts mood and improves productivity without leaving you sedated.
- White Thai – Talking euphoria, this strain is a common mention. Users say it helps them relieve anxiety and sustain productivity.
- Green Vein Kratom
The green strains are a mix of white and red strains. They offer a fine blend of both euphoria and energy, rounding it up with good sleep. They are also thought potent for chronic pain – but not as red strains.
Here are the most celebrated green strains:
- Green Maeng Da – this is one of the most recognized of all Kratom strains. The strain is widely known for its energizing and euphoric effects. It’s ideal for persons who suffer depression and anxiety. It may also help handle low-profile pain.
- Green Malay – they have near similarity with Green MaengDa, but a little more energizing.
- Yellow Vein Kratom
They offer both effects of red and white strains, but more leaning towards the white strains. Yellow strains provide a good dose of energy but with no high stimulant for which the white strain is notable.
Here are the favorite yellow strains
- Gold Maeng – shares close resemblance with Green Maeng Da, but less sedative and more energetic.
- Yellow Thai –a bit less euphoric than the White Thai. However, it offers the same energy level but without the euphoria.
Here are different ways to incorporate Kratom into your daily routine. Note that some methods may offer more significant effects than others:
- Kratom Tea
If your morning coffee or tea is a routine, then you may consider the Kratom tea. Sadly, this dosage form offers a weak result, as heat reduces the alkaloids in the Kratom powder.
To reduce the lost alkaloids, prefer simmering instead of boiling your water. A cold brew is another delicious pick.
Since Kratom has a typical sour taste, its fine to add up these ingredients to taste:
- Almond Milk
- Juice – citric may offer a more potent result.
- Kratom Capsules
If you seek a more convenient way to by-pass Kratom’s not-so-desirable taste, consider these capsules. Here, you’d only need a glass of water to flush the pill down.
This way, you would have not just escaped the bitterness, but also the accidental spills and powdery mess.
These capsules are produced by mixing Kratom powder in capsules containing purified water, cellulose, and hypromellose. The capsules are 100 percent vegan.
Unlike with Kratom tea, where heat reduces Kratom’s concentration, capsules lock-in and preserves the alkaloid concentration – delivering its full potency. One notable downside of this option is that it takes relatively longer – averagely, 30 to 45 minutes – to breakdown, hence delayed effects.
If you’re tired of the adverse effects of the Big Pharma Products, you may want to consider non-conventional alternatives. While natural potentials like cannabis have been all the rage lately, there are more. Among others, Kratom has been attracting medical and recreational attention recently.
Although research is in its early phase, anecdotal evidence so far looks promising for relaxation, sleep, anxiety, to mention a few.
Not sure, you may want to discuss your concerns with a medical expert, especially one with experience in the alternative medicine niche.